Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom with Peter Gros at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert, Arizona

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Superstar Barry Manilow Headlines 25th Annual Celebrity Fight Night on Saturday, March 23rd

Night of Excitement will benefit the Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Program at Barrow Neurological Institute and numerous local charities

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A fresh, crisp acoustic sound with undeniable harmonies surged across country radio stations 35 years ago when The Judds' first single, "Have A Dream (For The Heart)," peaked at No. 17 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs in 1984. Country music's sonic landscape changed after that.

This year marks The Judds' 35th anniversary of unparalleled success – a feat Naomi Judd opens up about in the January 21 issue of Woman's World, on newsstands today.

“Back then, the only thing we knew was how to sing and that we had each other: We were totally dependent on that,” Naomi shares with Woman’s World.

The Judds are often celebrated for dozens of GRAMMY®, ACM and CMA Awards; a rarely-interrupted stretch of 14 No. 1 hits when every single of theirs released by RCA landed in the Billboard Top 10; and a career that defined what it means to be individualists in the music business. The Judds dominated touring in the 80s, have sold more than 20 million albums and scored 20 Top 10 hits, won five GRAMMY®, nine CMA and seven ACM Awards. These lifetime achievements are honored with a new, extensive Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit, The Judds: Dream Chasers, open through July 14, 2019.

As Woman's World shares, at her core, the 73-year-old is still a courageous mother who worked hard to forge a better life for her kids—and today she even has a scholarship devoted to helping other women do the same. In the issue, Naomi also shares secrets to peace, joy and chasing dreams.

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ABOUT NAOMI JUDD: Hailing from the Appalachian​ ​foothills​ ​of Ashland, Ky., mother​ ​and​ ​daughter​ duo, The Judds, were first discovered by RCA​ ​label​ ​head​ ​Joe​ ​Galante​ ​in​ ​1983 ​after landing a spot on​ ​WSM-TV’s​ "​The​ ​Ralph​ ​Emery Show." They​ ​made​ ​their​ ​chart​ ​debut​ ​by​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​year​ ​with​ ​“Had​ ​A​ ​Dream​ ​(For​ ​The​ ​Heart),” and​ ​the​ ​two​ ​were​ ​on​ ​their​ ​way​ ​to​ ​a​ ​history​-making​ ​career. For​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​the​ ​1980's,​ ​each​ ​single​ ​from​ ​The​ ​Judds​ ​released​ ​by​ ​RCA​ ​went​ ​to​ ​the Billboard​ ​Top 10,​ ​with​ ​14 hits ​going​ ​all​ ​the​ ​way​ ​to​ ​number​ ​one.​ ​ The​ ​Judds​ ​embarked​ ​on​ ​their​ ​“Farewell​ ​Tour”​ ​in​ ​1991 ​after​ ​Naomi’s​ ​diagnosis​ ​of​ ​Hepatitis C​ ​forced​ ​her​ ​to​ ​retire​ ​from​ ​the​ ​road.​ Naomi​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​her​ ​health,​ ​beating​ ​the​ ​disease, writing​ ​several​ ​New​ ​York​ ​Times​ ​best-selling​ ​books​ ​and​ ​becoming​ ​a​ ​popular​ ​motivational speaker. This fall, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore the lives and careers of the GRAMMY®-winning mother-daughter duo with an exhibit open now through July 2019.

Tracy Byrd Celebrates 25 Years Of Making Music and Announces 2019 Tour Plans

Byrd To Team Up with Mark Chesnutt for Select Dates Billed as The Beaumont Boys

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Jimmie Allen, The Cadillac Three, & Resurrection Take The Stage In January & February At Cotton Eyed Joe

Plus, The Joe to host a special fundraiser event on January 11 for the Boys & Girls Club of The Tennessee Valley, featuring The Chillbilles & Matt Stillwell

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The 2020 Country Music Cruise Presale Offer Is Here!

Don't Miss Your Chance To Book Early For The Star-Studded Lineup On The Country Music Cruise 2020

Every year we sell out earlier and earlier and you surely wouldn't want to miss seeing this spectacular roster including new acts and old favorites joining us for The Country Music Cruise in 2020.

As a loyal fan or previous guest, you have the opportunity to register for an exclusive 24-hour presale booking window for The Country Music Cruise 2020.

This presale event offers: Special rates that are lower than what's available to the public, a $100 onboard credit, the ability to secure and select prime theater seats in the Mainstage from our interactive seating chart, choosing from the best cabin availability, and securing your reservation before booking opens to the public!

Just imagine sailing to St. Maarten, San Juan, and Half Moon Cay aboard the luxurious Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam and seeing the star-studded lineup including Larry the Cable Guy, Randy Owen, Tracy Lawrence, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pam Tillis, Larry, Steve & Rudy, The Gatlin Brothers, Cruise Host Lorianne Crook, Moe Bandy, Johnny Lee, T. Graham Brown and many more.

The Country Music Cruise is more than just concerts and more than just a cruise. All week long, we'll be celebrating the country music lifestyle with gospel shows, dances, pool concerts, cooking demonstrations, game shows, artist Q&As, interactive game shows and the Grand Ole Opry at Sea, a very special performance event not unlike what guests experience when in Nashville at the Opry.


Kiefer Sutherland's passion for the road and appreciation for the men and women behind the big rigs appears in his new featured track, "Open Road," AVAILABLE TODAY from his forthcoming album, Reckless & Me. Kiefer will also return to the road for select tour dates in 2019, including performances in Mt.Crested Butte, Colorado as well as France, Germany and England (additional dates to be added).

Kiefer collaborated with longtime manager and producer Jude Cole on "Open Road," which features world class musicians like Brian MacLeod on drums, Chris Chaney on bass, Waddy Wachtel on electric guitar, Jim Cox on piano, Greg Leisz on pedal steel, Chaz Mason, Samantha Nelson and Carmel Echols on background vocals as well as Cole on acoustic guitar.

After 50 shows in 3 months across 9 countries in 2018, Kiefer will continue playing select festivals and venues across North America and Europe in 2019. During his lengthy shows, he also covers some of his favorite songs from Merle Haggard and Tom Petty, displaying equal ease with both rock classics and country standards. Musically his shows encompass country, rock, blues and Americana driven by his gritty vocals and anchored by his gift for telling compelling stories in his songwriting.

Though he loves writing and recording, the stage holds a special place in his heart, and for the last three years, he’s toured extensively earning the acclaimed actor a reputation as a relentless road warrior. His primary motivation as an artist is the thrill of forging that connection with his audience through the music. "I couldn't have imagined the depth with which I have fallen in love with touring. To have the opportunity to convey intimate, personal stories to an audience, for me, has proven to be priceless," Kiefer said.

A riveting performer, Kiefer engages the audiences with his self-deprecating wit and shares the stories behind the highly personal songs that populate his 2016 debut album Down In A Hole, and his forthcoming new release Reckless & Me.

TOUR DATES: (more to be announced soon) Jan. 18 Mountain High Festival – Mt.Crested Butte, Colo. July 27 Country Rendezvous Festival – Crappone, France July 28 Stimmen Festival – Lorrach, Germany Aug. 04 Wickham Festival – Wickham, England Oct. 03 Gruenspan – Hamburg, Germany

Keep up with Kiefer on the road by visiting or connect with Kiefer by following him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


Chart-topping singer-songwriter and wine enthusiast, Phil Vassar, invites television viewers across America inside his wine cellar as his "Songs from the Cellar" series makes its national television debut on PBS. The weekly series airs on Sundays at midnight ET on Michigan's WKAR-HD with additional programming scheduled to rollout over the coming months.

As Vassar interacts with fellow artists, songwriters, musicians and entertainers over a mix of wine, beer and cocktails, viewers will enjoy the camaraderie in each episode filled with intimate conversations and incredible musical collaborations. The variety of upcoming guests includes Tommy Shaw (Styx), Brenda Lee, Hunter Hayes, Peter Frampton, CAM and many more.

"My hope for this series is to bring viewers into my home, so they feel like they're really hanging out with my friends and I as we share our favorite stories and spirits. The show will also have a special emphasis on the storied careers of singer-songwriters of all genres," expressed Vassar.

In 2015, the piano-pounding powerhouse completed his underground wine cellar at his estate, built in 1929, and filled it with wine, liquor, candles and a piano. The cellar quickly became one of Vassar's favorite rooms in the house to write, sing and hang out with friends leading to the launch of "Songs from the Cellar." The series previously aired internationally on Sky TV.

PHIL VASSAR TOUR DATES: Dec. 14 Memorial Hall - Plymouth, Mass. Dec. 15 Memorial Auditorium - Lowell, Mass. Dec. 16 Santander PAC - Reading, Penn. Dec. 19 Peoples Bank Theatre - Marietta, Ohio Dec. 20 Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Milwaukee, Wis. Dec. 21 Palace Theatre - Canton, Ohio Dec. 22 Weinberg Center - Frederick, Md. Jan. 24 The Palace Theatre - Greensburg, Penn. Jan. 25 Paramount Bristol - Jim Thorpe, Penn.

ABOUT PHIL VASSAR: Phil Vassar's reign of signature songs include 10 No. 1 singles and 26 Top 40 hits, including Carlene, Just Another Day in Paradise, Six-Pack Summer, When I Love You, and many more. Vassar was racking up hits on the radio long before he even began his own recording career that has seen the release of six albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist and sold-out shows across the country. Vassar's songwriting career blossomed in the mid-’90s when he landed a publishing contract with EMI and penned hits for Collin Raye (Little Red Rodeo), Alan Jackson (Right on the Money), Tim McGraw (For a Little While), Jo Dee Messina (Bye Bye, Alright), and Blackhawk (Postmarked Birmingham). He signed a record deal of his own with Arista in 1998 and was named ASCAP's Country Songwriter of the Year in 1999. Vassar continues to churn out incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies that capture the heart and soul in the unique and special way that only he can.

For more information on Phil Vassar, visit and follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Miranda Lambert Joins Cheyenne Frontier Days™ 2019 Frontier Nights® Lineup

Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Kelsea Ballerini, Midland, Tanya Tucker, Clint Black, Josh Turner and Devin Dawson also set to perform during the 10 day Rodeo and Western celebration, which kicks off July 19, 2019

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Tim Atwood Becomes Newest Member Of Historic Wheeling Jamboree

twood joins the ranks Of Charley Pride, Brad Paisley, Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman, Barbara Mandrell and many other country music legends as newest member

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Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Morgan Evans, Craig Campbell, Austin Burke and Josh Abbott Band Added To Country Thunder Arizona 2019 Lineup!

April 11-14, 2019 Florence, Arizona

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LANCO, Granger Smith (feat. Earl Dibbles Jr.), Maddie & Tae, Chris Lane, Tracy Lawrence & Restless Heart to Join Headliners Luke Bryan, Toby Keith & Luke Combs at Country Thunder Florida!

March 22-24, 2019 Kissimmee, Florida

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Amy Grant, Bob Goff, Brian Littrell from the Backstreet Boys, CeCe Winans, Chonda Pierce, Danny Gokey, Donnie McClurkin, Francesca Battistelli, The Gatlin Brothers, The Isaacs, Jars of Clay, Jason Crabb, Jim Brickman, Jordan Smith, Jordin Sparks, Justin F

Over 35 Artists Will Celebrate 35 #1 Hits and the 35th Anniversary of "Friends"

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The Country Music Cruise 2019

A Word From The Country Music Cruise Executive Producer Mike Jason

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J.D. Shelburne's Debut Single "One Less Girl" Gaining Traction At Country Radio

Shelburne's debut single off 'Two Lane Town' picks up adds by 15 Country radio stations throughout the U.S.

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Eric Heatherly Just Did "Somethin' Stupid" And Got Married

Newlyweds Eric Heatherly and Lindsey Stacey Release Classic Sinatra Duet To Commemorate Marriage

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Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Kelsea Ballerini, Midland, Josh Turner, Tanya Tucker, Clint Black and Devin Dawson Set To Perform During Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Kicking Off July 19, 2019

In a live announcement made from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, Cheyenne Frontier Days™ (CFD) announced all but two of the nights for the 2019 Frontier Nights® entertainment series. The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) has added Cheyenne to its exclusive Last Cowboy Standing series and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo will return to the arena in 2019.

Tickets will go on sale Saturday, December 15 at 9 a.m. MST at, the Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Ticket Office and by calling (307) 778-7222.

Lady Antebellum with Kelsea Ballerini and Midland; Rascal Flatts with Clint Black; Josh Turner with Tanya Tucker; Keith Urban; and Tim McGraw with Devin Dawson were announced and live streamed on the Wrangler Network.

“We are very excited about the performer lineup for 2019,” Contract Acts Chairman Randy Krafft said. “We are still working on our remaining shows and will announce them as we get them signed.”

For two nights, the Top-40 stars of the PBR will attempt to conquer the sport’s rankest bulls on the historic Wyoming Dirt at Cheyenne Frontier Days, strapping in for their shot to make the buzzer. If a rider covers his bull for the required 8 seconds, he continues to compete. If he gets bucked off, he is finished. The grueling match between Man and Beast continues until one prevails and is crowned the Last Cowboy Standing.

Additionally, the 123rd annual “Daddy of ‘em All®” will feature nine days of PRCA professional rodeo that will culminate in Championship Sunday where champions are crowned and legends are made.

There will be hundreds of vendors, a full carnival, artists, food and music that celebrate the history and culture of the American West.

Concert ticket prices range from $39 to $81, with daily rodeo tickets costing $20 to $35. A $3 discount is offered on rodeo tickets and $5 discount on concert tickets purchased before July 1. PBR tickets range from $15 - $101 with special Elite Seating and V.I.P. tickets also available at various prices.

Fans can upgrade to a Frontier Nights® Fast Pass for early admission to the Party Zone, a voucher for best-available same-day rodeo tickets and a souvenir rodeo program. For a full events schedule and profiles of musical acts, go to

All tickets for all performances will go on-sale December 15 at 9 a.m. MST.

2019 Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Entertainment Schedule: July 19: Lady Antebellum with Kelsea Ballerini and Midland July 20: Rascal Flatts with Clint Black July 21: Josh Turner with Tanya Tucker July 22-23: Professional Bull Riders – Last Cowboy Standing July 24: TBA July 25: TBA July 26: Keith Urban July 27: Tim McGraw with Devin Dawson July 20 – 28: PRCA Rodeo action

Lee Greenwood Remembers President George H.W. Bush

I had the great privilege of traveling across this great nation with President Bush 41. Our time as friends took us from the White House to Camp David - which included Air Force One - to inaugurating the Points of Light Foundation at Disney World, to the opening of my theater in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, to Houston, Kennebunkport and every place where proud Americans reside. He was the best man, most generous patriot, and greatest friend a man could ask for.

President and Mrs. Bush invited me to stay overnight at the White House where I slept in the Lincoln bedroom but never actually slept. The President and I watched Lawrence of Arabia in the theater room with just the President and I — played several songs on piano for him in the foyer. Then I stayed up all night reading the Gettysburg Address.

There are many events on the campaign trail when we had personal time together. We were in the motorcade leaving one event when he pointed out the window at a single person standing on the sidewalk his quote was - “this is how you win an election - one person at a time.”

At each event he would speak and I would sing following his speech. At one event in Indiana my music track failed to play. After the second time with no music playing I sang without the track. He congratulated me when we got into the car.

He treated me and my wife Kim like family and made us feel so comfortable around him. Sometimes I would pinch myself that I was in the presence of this war hero and giant of a man - the President of the United States. He was so kind to our sons Dalton and Parker to send notes upon their birth through their graduations.

Our last time to see President Bush was in Kennebunkport in August. We thought it might have been our final goodbye. He sang the words of my song “God Bless The USA” as I sat at his piano & played the song that tied us together for so many years. It was perhaps the proudest moment I had ever sang the song. Just me, 41, Kim and the Secret Service agents - it was a moment that made me such a Proud American and proud that I could bring him a moment of joy! – Lee Greenwood

Soul Man Sam Moore Remembers President George H.W. Bush

After receiving “The Prez” guitar — a present — from Sam Moore of the former Sam and Dave soul duo, President Bush, left, plays the instrument with Republican National Committee Chairman Lee Atwater on Jan. 21, 1989. (Rick Lipski/The Washington Post) My wife Joyce and I are personally saddened by the passing of one of the most honorable decent men our country ever had serve as its President.

I had the honor of performing at his 1989 Inaugural concert Joyce co-produced 'The Celebration for Young Americans', his and Barbara’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration, where The Oak Ridge Boys helped celebrate them, The Points of Light Kennedy Center Concert & Fundraiser and last year’s One America Appeal hurricane relief concert at Texas A & M in College Station.

Our strength and comfort goes out to the entire Bush family who we’ve been fortunate to know, see and feel their collective love and admiration for Papa Bush who has now gone to join the love of his life, Barbara.

Rest in heaven President Bush with Mama and that beautiful little girl you two lost but never forgot, Robin. God speed sir. – Sam Moore

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